By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Sept. 29: Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand Tuesday directed the concerned bodies to provide security and regulate market in the Kathmandu Valley during Bijaya Dashami, Deepwali and Chhath in a way that the general public feel it. Giving instructions to the Chief District Officers, Chiefs of Nepal Police and Chiefs of Traffic Division of the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley about the security arrangements and market management for the festivals, Home Minister Khand directed to make security arrangements and ensure smooth market management so that ordinary citizens feel it.
Security arrangement and market management should be efficient and hassle-free during the festive season as in the normal time, he said. “There should not arise a situation in which people have to buy expensive goods, date-expired foods and eatery items,” he said.
He urged the stakeholders to work for visible results of change and provide efficient services to the people during the festivals. He also instructed the government units under the Home Ministry to remain cautious in minimising road accidents, improving road condition and facilitating citizens through the help desks while they are travelling to their hometowns.
Minister Khand requested other ministries to provide detailed information about the work to be done by them during the festivals. “It is necessary to manage the traffic, fill the potholes on the roads and change the uncomfortable situation into a comfortable one,” he said. Chief District Officer of Kathmandu Govinda Rijal, Chief District Officer of Lalitpur Ghanshyam Upadhyay and Chief District Officer of Bhaktapur
Rudradevi Sharma and Chief of Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, SSP Ashok Singh, Chief of Lalitpur Police Range, SSP Kiran Bajracharya and Chief of Bhaktapur Police Range SP Shiva Kumar Shrestha presented security plans for the festivals and market management. Similarly, SSP Janak Raj Bhattarai, Chief of Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, presented an action plan on traffic management.
After hearing about the plans, Minister Khand urged them to focus on the implementation of the plans. He said that the government was trying to give a sense of change to the people and urged the staffers and police officers to assist in the task. Home Secretary Tek Narayan Pandey said that the government could be successful only if all the stakeholders could make the people feel that the State was aware of their troubles. He instructed to pay special attention to check unnecessary price hike during the festival, sales of date-expired food items and black-marketing of essential goods.